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13 Christians including a Blind couple are convicted & sentenced to 6 months in jail over false conversion charges.

Feb 16, Asian News

A court in the state of Madhya Pradesh has sentenced 13 Pentecostal Christians to six months in prison for alleged "forced conversions". The condemned include Balu Kesu and his wife Bhuri, both of whom are vision impaired. Their defense attorney Kamlesh Patidar tried to obtain a reduction in the penalty for their handicap, but the judges were adamant".....

Angry Christians in India Protest against Mr.Modi's government for Rejecting Pastor's Visa.

Feb 16, Christianity Today

Christians in Meghalaya have protested the ruling BJP-led government after it denied visa for the Baptist World Alliance Chief, Rev. Paul Msiza, to attend the 150 years of Christianity in Garo Hills region.

In the election-bound state, the fiery Christians demanded help into the Visa requirement of the Baptist preacher ..... 

Hindu extremists of Mr. Modi's party tries to burn a pastor along with deceased woman.

Feb 8, Morningstar News

Pastor Jeewer Joeswa wasn’t sure what to think when a massive, chanting Hindu throng in northern India brought the corpse of a Christian woman to his church site – then set the building on fire. Seema Devi, 23, had put her faith in Christ several months before, after the pastor had offered up healing prayer for her. Now, on Jan. 16, Pastor Joeswa was surroun ....

US installs Sam Brownback as religious freedom ambassador.

Jan 25, World Watch Monitor

The US Senate has confirmed Sam Brownback as the new head of the Office of International Religious Freedom.
Brownback is the first ambassador under the US’s revised International Religious Freedom Act, which affirms a commitment to international religious freedom as a foreign relations policy.
Brownback, 60, .....

FIACONA Congratulates Mr. Sam Broanback on his confirmation to be the next Ambassador At Large for International Religious Freedom.

Jan 24, 2018 Statement

FIACONA is pleased at the confirmation of Mr. Sam Brownback to be the next Ambassador At Large for the Bureau of International Religious Freedom at the State Department. He will hold the rank of an Assistant Secretary of State ...

Hindu radicals burn Christian church and shops in Jammu and Kashmir.

Jan 23, 2018, Asian News

The Sehal Christ Church attacked on January 16. Hindu fanatics wanted to "avenge" the alleged murder of a woman "forcibly converted ". Sajan K George: "In the Indian state, Christians are between the anvil and the hammer of nationalists and Muslims".
A crowd of 300 Hindu radicals assaulted and burned a Pentecostal church and several  ....

Pastor Lynched by Members of Prime Minister Modi's party near Chennai, India.

Jan 22, Asia News

A Pentecostal Christian pastor was found dead hanging from the roof of his home in a village in Tamil Nadu. Rev. Gideon Periyaswamy was 43 and led the church of Maknayeem, in the village of Adayachery. His death is shrouded in mystery....

Hindu mob burns down a church alleging forced conversion.

Jan 22, Christian Post

A mob led by apparent Hindu nationalists burned down a church and shops belonging to Christians in India's northern state of Jammu and Kashmir after the death of a woman, whom the mob believed was forcibly converted to Christianity. .....

Pastor Found Dead in Tamil Nadu, India Body appears to have been hung after death,

Jan 21 MorningStar News

The body of a pastor in southern India was found hung from the thatched roof of his house early Saturday morning (Jan. 20), a week after he complained to police about opposition from Hindu extremists, sources said.....

Catholic schools under pressure in Madhya Pradesh Share’..

Jan 17, 2018 Worldwatch Monitor

A Catholic school in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has received threats from Hindu nationalists, who claim children at the school were punished for singing patriotic songs – the third school to come under pressure this month. The nationalists claimed around 30 students at the St. Joseph Convent School  ......

Ranchi: clergyman beaten by Hindu radicals, but most Indians are against violence...

Jan 17, Asia News

Anti-Christian violence is orchestrated by extreme right-wing nationalist groups. “What is under attack is the pluralism of Indian society!”

The victim, Rev Karma Oraon, is a pastor in Harmu, a village in the State Jharkhand. He was attacked on Christmas Eve, but news about the incident was made public only yesterday......

Analysis: Why are Christians being attacked in India?.

Jan 16 Matters India

As I celebrated Christmas a few days ago, I thought about the attacks on Christians in various locales of the country.
In fact, there’s been an ongoing hate campaign unleashed against them by right-wing outfits: first it was all the hype that Christian missionaries are indulging in mass conversions which stood vetoed by vital facts and figures showing that the country’s Christian ....

Pastor Dragged, Beaten, Threatened With Death, Told to Renounce Christ’..

Jan 16, Christian Post

An Indian pastor says he was attacked by Hindu extremists who dragged him out onto the streets, beat him, and threatened to kill him unless he renounced Jesus Christ for a Hindu monkey deity.

The attack occurred while in Harmu village of Ranchi District, Jharkhand state, on Christmas Eve, when 16 or so Hindu radicals attacked a prayer ......

Madhya Pradesh, Hindu prayers in Catholic schools: a nationalist leader arrested.

Jan 16, 2018 AsianNews

padhesh Rana, a Hindu fundamentalist leader who wanted to enter a Catholic school and to hold the Hindu rite for Bharat Mata ["Mother India", ed.] has been arrested in Vidisha (in Madhya Pradesh).

Yesterday more than 500 policemen were deployed in defense of St. Mary's Post Graduate ......

Pastors Draw Close to God as Tribal Churches Are Attacked in India. Indigenous leaders join forces with Hindu nationalists to assault Christians.

Jan 15, Morningstar News

“In those moments when they were kicking and beating me, I felt that even if I die now, the Lord will make the ministry I leave behind fruitful,” Pastor Oraon told Morning Star News. “We are just a few gathering in the name of Jesus. He is our strength.”....

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